There will be no excuse for anyone else to park in a handicapped zone at Manly Leagues Club. This column recently revealed besieged chairman Scott Penn made the ”George Costanza-style” gaffe, and it was thought the faint line markings may have been to blame. Leagues club chairman David Costello made good on his promise to re-mark all the handicapped spots, as you can see from our photo.
PALMER’S BEST BLUES
With Origin III just around the corner, Sin Bin checked in with our favourite trainer, Ron Palmer, to come up with his list of the 10 best Origin players he’s worked with. Palmer, who has been involved with the Blues since 1994, said he ”could have named 50 players” but whittled it down to the following list, in no particular order:
❏ Glenn Lazarus: ”He displayed an athleticism that was not evident in a front-rower in those days. He was instrumental in a number of series wins and had a mighty big motor, very skilful. Positionally, regarded as the best front-rower to have played the game.”
❏ Paul Gallen: ”The modern-day version of Lazarus. Able to play 80 minutes at a very high intensity.”
❏ Andrew Johns: ”Changed the face of the game. A lot of good things came to him because he was just so professional in his preparation. Continually honed his skills and could call on them in the heat of battle.”
❏ Craig Fitzgibbon: ”An old warhorse who was just such a mentally tough competitor. Built for Origin.”
❏ Greg Bird: ”The modern-day Fitzgibbon. Another built for Origin.”
❏ Ben Kennedy: ”No matter what his club form was like, he was a consummate performer in Origin.”
❏ Geoff Toovey: ”Always played above his weight, very tough.”
❏ Brad Fittler: ”Did a ‘bit of an Alfie’ when Gus [Phil Gould] brought him back and he won us a series. Always performed at the highest level.”
❏ Jarryd Hayne: ”Has proven he steps up when at this level. There are plenty of good first-graders who don’t convert to standouts in Origin. Jarryd is one who [lifts].”
❏ Paul Harragon: ”The Chief deserves to make the list.”
Palmer, the man known as ”40-20” until he outgrew the title, added: ”It’s been a privilege and honour to be involved in Origin for so long.”
EELS, DOGS GO BACK IN TIME
The Bandaged Bear Cup, contested between Parramatta and Canterbury in round 19, will be a return to the 1980s in more ways than one. The great rivals dominated the decade and will wind back the clock with 1980s admission prices. Adults can get in to ANZ Stadium for $10, kids for $5 and a family pass will cost $20.
WAAAAAT? NO ROY AND HG?
For many league fans, Origin time is synonymous with the work of Roy Slaven and HG Nelson. Sadly, ”Rampaging Roy” and the ”Ace Up The Sleeve” won’t be calling Wednesday night’s decider, but we checked in with HG to get his thoughts on the big one. ”It’s time for Waaaaaatmooough to go off, he’s been far too quiet for my liking,” HG said. ”That’s easily the most damaging word you could use to describe a rugby league player, ‘quiet’. Although ‘one-dimensional’ also springs to mind.” HG was also looking forward to the action off the ball with great anticipation. ”The pre-match will be fantastic,” HG said. ”I got a tip that Engelbert Humperdinck has got the nod. I understand he’s a real favourite of John Grant.”
MORE CLUBS THAN TIGER …
We revealed last week that Newcastle reject Richie Fa’aoso would end up at Melbourne or Manly. Now it appears he could well be playing at both – the Storm have him until the end of the year, but the Sea Eagles are still hopeful he could join them in 2013.
FOCUS ON ELIGIBILITY LAWS
The ARL Commission is committed to having a new set of eligibility laws in place for next year and have been working through a raft of real and hypothetical scenarios with NZRL boss Jim Doyle. What does one do with Feleti Mateo, who was born in Australia to an English mother and Samoan father and will soon reside in New Zealand for three years? Birthplace is not the answer, as there are six Australian-born players in the present Kiwi Test team. And Immortal Bob Fulton, who was born in Warrington, would never have represented the Kangaroos. ”We’ve made improvements to domestic rules around eligibility but the obvious area that now needs attention is international rules,” said the ARLC director of development and integration, Andrew Hill. ”It’s something we want to address for the 2013 season.”
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